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    How to Go Home Without Going Crazy

    Final exams ended today and the fall semester of 2007 at Hofstra University is officially finished. We get five-and-a-half weeks off between the fall and spring semesters, basically half of December and all of January (unless you decide to take a winter class). FIVE-AND-A-HALF WEEKS. To me, it's no longer a concern. As an RA, I have to come back early ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Just Say No to Facebook

    No one likes a boring day. When you're sitting there doing nothing, you feel like an unproductive loser. That's why I like to pile on as many things as possible. But sometimes you can't get it all done and, well, you feel like an unproductive loser again. That's when good time management becomes important. My plate is almost always full. Aside ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Leaving for College

    Leaving for College
    For a while, I thought that leaving for college was no big deal. I would see girls I know get together the night before someone’s departure and they would all ball their eyes out about how they’re going to miss each other. I would always casually snicker at the sight and thought of such an event. It seemed so silly to ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Home Away From Home

    Home Away From Home
    I’m sitting on a red leather couch. There are two yellow Labradors, Sophie and Lucy, snoring at my feet, a warm wood stove and the Redskins game sounding in the background. Home. There are a lot of things wrong with this place, sure. The couch is garish in color and sticky in nature, especially in summer when the slightest drop ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Five Things to Never Do in College

    Five Things to Never Do in College
    It’s hot. Even though I’m a writer and I believe a good writer should be able to describe anything, there doesn’t seem to be an accurate way to record the feelings of a t-shirt sticking to the small of your back, slimy lines of sweat sliding down your neck, the grit of dirty feet from wearing sandals. It’s just hot ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Coming to Terms with Failure

    Coming to Terms with Failure
    Jim Davis, creator of the Garfield comic strip, once wrote, “I could wallpaper a room with my rejection slips.” From an interior-design standpoint, not such a great idea. In terms of maintaining an optimistic viewpoint, also not the best plan. Yet, I think Jim’s on to something. There are always going to be times when things are … stacked against the ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started College

    10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started College
    When designing this column, I aim to relate the peaks and pitfalls of my experience as an undergraduate in a way that will make you think, feel and laugh. I hope the information I’ve shared has been a help. As a grand finale and because I love compilations, I created this: a list of the Top 10 Things I Wish I’d ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Become a Microwave Master Chef

    Become a Microwave Master Chef
    Cooking is probably the last thing on your mind. But before you dial the corner pizza place or trudge down the hill to the dining hall, consider how cooking for yourself can actually save you time – and money. All you need is a microwave, a few utensils and an empty stomach. What You’ll Need to Get Started: Can opener Chef’s ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Cope with Roommate Frustration: A Student Story

    Ali is finishing her freshman year at a large state university in the Midwest. The envelope with my roommate assignment arrived before my high school graduation and suddenly, college was a real thing. When Haley (Ed. note: names have been changed) first called me, she seemed like a nice girl. She was excited for us to be great friends and for ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Older and Wiser: A Scholastic Advantage

    Older and Wiser: A Scholastic Advantage
    Several weeks ago, a guest speaker in my “publishing your writing” class shared his insights regarding creativity and the writing process. He surprised me when he admitted that becoming a father was one of the best things that had ever happened to his writing. “From that point on,” he said, “it was the end of narcissism.” Unexpectedly, his vantage point changed ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Mother Load: Surviving the Holidays and the End of the Semester Crunch

    Mother Load: Surviving the Holidays and the End of the Semester Crunch
    Late one night, as I bent bleary-eyed over my sewing machine, I was feeling the pressure that comes from taking on more than one can handle. With the foot pedal pressed to the floor, I sewed seam after seam, intent on finishing my family’s seven costumes for the church Nativity pageant. As I stitched, the thought of my unfinished book proposal ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Tax 101: The Basics of Filing for the First Time

    Tax 101: The Basics of Filing for the First Time
    If you've never filed taxes, it can seem pretty intimidating. But it's really not as bad as you think. Arm yourself with some basic information before reporting to Uncle Sam. Learn the Language Before you dive in, master some of the terms you need to read IRS documents: Earned income - Salaries, wages, tips and professional fees, including taxable scholarships ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Senioritis Revisited

    Senioritis Revisited
    My rosy outlook on avoiding senioritis has been smashed. Second semester has been completely different than first semester (when I wrote that column). At the beginning of senior year, you're still in high school mode. Nothing about the pattern has really changed, so aside from the fact that you're called a "senior" instead of something else, there's not really any ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Opening Doors to Learning Opportunities

    Opening Doors to Learning Opportunities
    Did you always long for field trips when you were a kid? I did. It seemed that field trips took too long to come around and never lasted long enough. When I was younger, my favorite field trips were the ones that sparked my imagination for weeks. As nontraditional students, we can take advantage of learning opportunities all around us. It’s ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    College...the Second Time Around

    College...the Second Time Around
    My first day of college, just over 20 years ago, was filled with the anticipation and excitement of every other college freshman. I was on my own and preparing for success in my double majors of education and business. Months of preparation and planning culminated in the moment I sat in my first college class, Business 101. Perhaps it was the ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Loneliness of a Long Distance Lover

    The Loneliness of a Long Distance Lover
    When you're in college and dating the same person you did in high school, you have two options: break up or stay together. Of course, staying together may call for committing to a long-distance relationship (LDR) which can be difficult. How do you go from seeing each other almost every day to seeing each other only once every two months? ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Take a Bow and Hear the Applause

    Take a Bow and Hear the Applause
    “As you walk across the stage—take a bow and hear the applause. And as the curtain falls, just know you did it all the best that you knew how. You can hear them cheering now, so let a smile and show your teeth because you know you lived it well.” – This is Not an Exit, by Saves the Day I ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Stop Living in the Past

    Stop Living in the Past
    As a resident assistant (RA), I have to craft a bulletin board theme for my floor. My very first theme was "Finding Nemo." Nemo was smack dab in the middle of the board, with the words, "Small Fish, Big Pond" surrounding him. Looking back, it was my fave board that I've done. "Small Fish, Big Pond" speaks multitudes because everyone is ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Expectations are Funny Things

    Expectations are Funny Things
    In high school, I went to tennis camp for three years. I figured I'd come out with a sweet backhand but ended up coming out with better sportsmanship, while my form stayed the same. In other words, I expected one thing and ended up with something else. Here are a few unexpected things I got out of each of my important ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Eight Supposedly Cool Things I’ll Never Try Again

    You’d think we would have been over it by the time we got there. My university orientation class was already so intellectually, academically, athletically and artistically accomplished. We had friends we were close to, families we cared about. Put together, we’d performed thousands and thousands of hours of service to church and community. This, you would think, was an emotionally and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +11
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